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Swine Flu

Keeping Healthy H1N1 Flu Home

2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine - CDC

Key Facts About 2009 H1N1 Flu Vaccine - CDC

H1N1 Influenza Inactivated Vaccine "The Shot" Information Statement - En Español - Chinese - PDF

H1N1 Influenza Live Attentuated Vaccine "The Nasal Spray" Information Statement - En Español - Chinese - PDF

Vaccine Information Statements are produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that explain to vaccine recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives both the benefits and risks of a vaccine.



Kids Vaccine Poster (CDC)




Information Sheet for Public Distribution (English and Spanish)
Protecting Yourself Against H1N1 Flu - PDF

The public should continue to monitor the news and heed the advice provided by federal, state and local health officials and their health care provider. There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

  • If you get sick, you should stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to regular human flu and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

Some people also have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 flu.

For people who have flu-like symptoms and have traveled to areas where H1N1 flu has been confirmed, they should seek medical attention. However, if a person has flu-like symptoms but has not traveled to areas where H1N1 flu has been confirmed, they should stay home and contact a doctor to see if they should go in for testing.

Preparing Your Household for H1N1 Influenza - PDF

Thermometers and Fever - Fact Sheet

Cover your Cough
  Cover Your Cough
Stop the Spread of Germs that Make You and Others Sick!

FLYER (8.5" x 11") (En Español) - PDF

POSTER (11" x 17")
(En Español) - PDF

Germ Warfare - by Brad Tassell Brad Tassell, author of Don't Feed The Bully has written Germ Warfare. His book, Don't Feed The Bully is an award winning book read in hundreds of schools. Germ Warfare is written for middle-school and high-school students and informs them about the H1N1 flu and seasonal flu and how to prevent the spread of the virus. The book is illustrated by Tracey Tellez. Download a printable copy for yourself or for your class.

CDC Kidtastics   Things You Can Do to Stay Away from the Flu
This CDC Kidtastics podcast discusses things kids can do to help prevent infection with any infectious disease, including H1N1 flu.

PSA for Kids – Hygiene - CDC

H1N1 Flu Self-Evaluation - HHS
A self-evaluation tool for adults offers a click-through assessment aimed at determining whether flu is or is not present.
This is provided for informational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a healthcare professional. This self-assessment information does not capture identifiable information in any manner.

Information for People with Diabetes and Caregivers of People with Diabetes - CDC

Flu Can Harm You and Your Baby (En Español) PDF - CDC

Emergency Use Authorization of N95 Respirators - CDC

Asthma Information for Patients and Parents of Patients - CDC

Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs - CDC

Clean Hands Saves Lives (PDF) - CDC

What to Do If You Get Flu-Like Symptoms - CDC

What Adults with HIV Infection Should Know About the Novel H1N1 Flu (formerly called swine flu) - CDC

What Should Pregnant Women Know About 2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)? - CDC

What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season If You Are 65 Years and Older: - CDC

Revised Recommendations for the Use of Influenza Antiviral Drugs - CDC

Stopping Germs at Home, Work and School - CDC

Interim Guidance for Novel H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu):
Taking Care of a Sick Person in Your Home

Preventing Transmission of Influenza, Including 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Congregate Facilities - PDF

People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications (CDC)

Interim Recommendations for Facemask and Respirator Use to Reduce Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Transmission - CDC

Interim CDC Guidance for Public Gatherings in Response to Human Infections with Novel Influenza A (H1N1) - CDC - U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

H1N1 Flu Vaccine Sites

Seasonal Influenza

Get info on H1N1 flu & more. Text 'Health' to 87000.

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)

Flu View - A weekly influenza surveillance report

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